Perry says Obama’s Israel policy is one of ‘appeasement’

Israel/Palestine
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Rick Perry’s speech on Israel this morning in NY. Twice uses the word “appeasement.” Does not endorse a greater Israel, seems to want a 2ss under Oslo. Excerpt:

The Obama Administration’s Middle East policy of appeasement has encouraged such an ominous act of bad faith [statehood bid]….

Our muddle of a foreign policy has created greater uncertainty in the midst of the “Arab Spring.” And our policy of isolating and undermining Israel has only encouraged our adversaries in their aggression.

With the end-run on Palestinian statehood imminent before the U.N., America must act swiftly.

First, every nation within the U.N. must know America stands with Israel and the Oslo accord principle of direct negotiations without equivocation.

Second, America must make it clear that a declaration of Palestinian Statehood in violation of the spirit of the Oslo accords could jeopardize our funding of U.N. operations.

Third, the Palestinians must know their gambit comes with consequences in particular that America will have to reconsider the $4 billion in assistance we have provided to the Palestinians over the last 17 years.

Fourth, we should close the PLO office in Washington if the U.N. grants the standing of a Palestinian state.

And fifth, we must signal to the world, including nations like Turkey and Egypt whom we have considered allies in recent years, that we won’t tolerate aggression against Israel.

Israel is our friend and ally. I have traveled there several times, and met with its leaders. It is not a perfect nation, but its existence is critical to America’s security in the world.

It is time to change our policy of appeasement toward the Palestinians to strengthen our ties to the nation of Israel, and in the process establish a robust American position in the Middle East characterized by a new firmness and a new resolve.

If America does not head off the aggression of forces hostile to Israel we will only embolden them.

That would be a tragic mistake.

33 Responses

  1. yourstruly
    September 20, 2011, 12:18 pm

    every nation within the u.n must know that america stands with israel?

    as if they didn’t know this already?

    he’s nothing but another traitorous israel firster

    and, as such, same as bush/obama

    a national security threat

  2. Paul Norheim
    September 20, 2011, 12:20 pm

    Appeasement? And who’s the current Hitler? Abbas?

    This won’t last. In Perry’s world view I bet Abbas will be replaced with Erdogan playing the role as Hitler within six months.

    • James
      September 20, 2011, 12:43 pm

      gotta love those neo cons, looking for hitler everywhere except within themselves…

      • Dan Crowther
        September 20, 2011, 2:12 pm

        we have met the enemy and he is us

      • Charon
        September 20, 2011, 2:43 pm

        Hitler of the month club. They’ll make Obama into a Hitler by the end of all this. Say he is linked to Hamas and Hezbollah charities and Iran by proxy with a bunch of suitcase nukes. Because that story never gets old.

  3. James
    September 20, 2011, 12:26 pm

    appeasement – to bring to a state of peace…

    clearly many folks aren’t interested in peace… this would define the neo con movement and the military and banking establishment seem quite alright with that! perry is one of them…

  4. pabelmont
    September 20, 2011, 12:31 pm

    Pfui. Another bought-and-paid-for stooge.

    • BillM
      September 20, 2011, 1:18 pm

      “Bought and paid for”? Not at all. Perry has little support among Jews or among those Christians who seriously focus on Israel (as opposed to using it, as does Perry, as a talking point). Perry may well be dreaming that some mythical Jewish money will flow his way, but this speech is really just part of his drive to the hard right and demonizing Obama in every way for the Republican primary voters.

  5. Chu
    September 20, 2011, 12:33 pm

    Rick has to provide us with some ‘tough talk’, since it’s been exposed that he is a closet democrat, working for Al Gore. But his vocal defense of Israel seems to solidify his democratic credentials as he attempts to placate and appease the Lobby. The problem is that Likud is no friend of America, and Rick or Romney, or Bachman the kibbutzer, need to check this reality with their ascent to power.

  6. Mndwss
    September 20, 2011, 12:36 pm

    Off the international spectrum of sane behavior…

    AMY GOODMAN: I wanted to wrap for a minute by asking you two quick questions. One is about politics in this country. Do you see a big difference between Obama, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry? Do you think there would be a drastic change in policy if a Republican were to win in 2012 and if it were Perry or Romney?

    NOAM CHOMSKY: Well, I must say that politics in this country now is in a state that I think has no analogue in American history and maybe nowhere in any parliamentary system. It’s astonishing. I mean, I’m not a great enthusiast for Obama, as you know, from way back, but at least he’s somewhere in the real world. Perry, who’s very likely—very likely to get the—to win the primary and win the nomination, and maybe to win the election, he’s often in outer space. I mean, his views are unbelievable. Bachmann is the same. Romney is kind of more or less toward the center. These are—the positions that they are taking are utterly outlandish.

    I mean, as you mentioned before, I just came back from Europe, where people just can’t believe what they’re seeing here, what people are saying. I mean, take one of the really crucial issues for the human species: doing something about environmental catastrophe. Well, you know, every single one of the Republican candidates—maybe not Huntsman, but every major one—is a climate change denier. It’s kind of ironic in the case of Perry. He says there’s no global warming, while Texas is burning up with the highest temperatures on record, fire all over the place, and so on. But it doesn’t matter, it’s just not happening. In fact, the one who has conceded that maybe global warming has taken place is Michele Bachmann. I heard a statement of hers in which she said, “Well, yes, maybe it’s happening. It’s God’s punishment for allowing gay marriage,” or some comment like that. I mean, this—what’s going on there is just off the international spectrum of sane behavior.

    Weimar Republicans?

  7. eljay
    September 20, 2011, 12:44 pm

    If Obama is Chamberlain, that means Abbas is Hitler and that, in turn, means it’s time to “Remember the Holocaust!”

    But Abbas can’t be Hitler because, as we all know, Saddam…I mean, Ahmadinejad is already Hitler.

    Those Israelis sure do – rather perversely – love their Hitlers.

  8. upsidedownism
    September 20, 2011, 12:59 pm

    After this speech, and the ‘obama no friend of israel’ billboards in new York, and the election in Brooklyn that was all about Israel, you have to wonder if Obama sometimes thinks, “I might as well just go ahead and recognize Palestine, the Zionists are going to think i’m anti-israel whatever i do.”

    • Charon
      September 20, 2011, 2:51 pm

      One would hope. A SC veto won’t win back the “Jewish Vote” .. Obama would have to set his sights much, much higher. For starters, an attack on Iran. An attack on Iran and a SC veto on Palestinian statehood might win them back. An attack on Iran AND Syria would definitely win them back. Throw in a sly remark about Norway deserving the attack because of rampant antisemitism and embracing “Islamofacism” and give interviews to journalists like Caroline Glick and suck up to them and maybe Congress will give him nearly as many standing ovations as Netanyahu got.

  9. DICKERSON3870
    September 20, 2011, 1:02 pm

    RE: “Israel is our friend and ally. I have traveled there several times, and met with its leaders.” ~ Rick “Crotch” Perry

    HEY BIG SPENDER, SPEND A LITTLE TIME…: Governor Perry’s trip to Israel in question ~ KEYE TV, WeAreAustin(dot)com, 11/23/09

    (excerpt) The city of Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world and it has a new defender: Texas Governor Rick Perry.
    In August, Perry was given the “Defender of Jerusalem” award. So Perry and his wife flew first class to Israel at more than $5,000 per ticket. The governor’s security detail of four Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers was also along for the trip.
    They all took the 7,000 mile journey to accept the award at a time when the governor was asking everyone else in state government to cut back on travel. During a speech in Houston, Perry directed state agencies to “curtail taxpayer funded travel.”
    According to state documents, the taxpayers’ bill just to take Perry’s security officers on the 5-day trip was more than $70,000. The breakdown includes $17,000 for rooms at the swanky King David Hotel, nearly $13,000 for food and more than 350 hours of overtime…

    SOURCE WITH VIDEO (09:51) – link to weareaustin.com

  10. Kathleen
    September 20, 2011, 1:29 pm

    The Quartet, Clinton still trying to intercept/undermine Palestinians bid for statehood
    link to english.aljazeera.net

  11. BillM
    September 20, 2011, 1:54 pm

    Following up on Philip’s

  12. lysias
    September 20, 2011, 2:46 pm

    Obama’s policy is appeasement, appeasement of Israel.

    • Sumud
      September 21, 2011, 2:04 am

      Obama’s policy is appeasement, appeasement of Israel.

      I agree lysias. I think this will be Obama’s legacy in the long term, and history will not be kind to him. He will be viewed as the Uncle Tom president, who appeased apartheid Israel and their [upcoming] atrocities, all through the arab spring.

  13. piotr
    September 20, 2011, 3:25 pm

    I would keep grilling Perry on his signal failure: badly organized public prayers for rain. I am not an expert, but one can judge the end results: still no rain. He can no more deliver security to our friends in the Middle East than he could deliver rain to his state.

    • kapok
      September 20, 2011, 8:11 pm

      No, that’s pointless. They have 1001 answers: The Lord works in mysterious ways, we must pray harder, we must lacerate our flesh while we pray, it will rain eventually, we’re too sinful etc.

      • piotr
        September 21, 2011, 1:23 am

        1001 cheap excuses. The real problem is that various methods of getting rain are mutually exclusive. I would need to find the link, but some Texan magazine interview a number of clerics.

        Jewish rabbi claimed that it is a sin to pray for a miracle. Traditional Jewish prayers for rain are during Sukkot, just before the rainy season. At other times it is recommended to check weather predictions first. If you pray for rain when the chance of rain is 10% or less, you just offend the Lord and next time He will stay miffed.

        Hare Krishna has a very nice goddess that can send rain, but the prayers have to be submitted by vegetarians. And please, beef barbecue? Forget about the rain.

        Tlaloc is a rain specialist, but requires human sacrifices. Texas with it ample death row could try it.

        Mayan methods allow to avoid human sacrifice. You start with a sacred ball game, then king/governor perforates his penis with obsidian knife and enters vision trance…

    • ToivoS
      September 20, 2011, 9:13 pm

      piotr I like Alexander Cockburn’s take on those rain prayers. Not quoting: God didn’t work on that part of the problem, He was too busy hurling fire and brimstone into West Texas to get to that.

  14. annie
    September 20, 2011, 3:47 pm

    what a god awful video. he’s disgusting.

    • Taxi
      September 20, 2011, 5:09 pm

      I haven’t seen it and I damn well ain’t going to neither!

      From the single freeze-frame above, I can tell it’s disgusting regurgitated ziorobot garbage!

  15. seafoid
    September 20, 2011, 5:04 pm

    “Israel is our oldest and strongest ally in the Middle East ”

    (Wrong. Saudi is)

    Anyway they really believe that in Israel. They really believe the US will never abandon themem. It will be incomprehensible when the US starts the shafting.

  16. Donald
    September 20, 2011, 5:59 pm

    Chris Matthews just had a segment on this. Chris showed how he is going to spin Obama’s veto of the Palestinian statehood initiative. He said (paraphrasing a bit) that Obama would do what any American President would do and would show the courage needed to stand up to all the Arabs who will burn him in effigy. That’s right, folks– in Chris’s eyes Obama and America aren’t caving to the Lobby. Obama is showing courage by standing up against all those Arabs who will hate him for this.

    Chris also avoided saying anything about the fanatical rightwing Jewish support for Israeli intransigence–he saved all of his harsh words for the Christian right. It was Chris’s guests who pointed out that Perry might also be trying to peel away the rich Jewish donors–at which point Chris came in and gingerly suggested that those rich donors might also be upset over Obama’s criticism of Wall Street. His guests (one of them the author of the New York magazine article Phil linked the other day) agreed with him on that.

    But you have to admire the sheer sleaziness of Matthews in portraying Obama’s stance in the UN as courageous. It takes the sort of mindset that works in politics for a long period of time to even think of something like that. Maybe after a while you can’t even tell truth from falsehood–you just start believing whatever is convenient for your cause.

  17. kapok
    September 20, 2011, 6:22 pm

    lol, who’s appeasing whom?

  18. Les
    September 20, 2011, 8:12 pm

    from Robert Fisk

    “The game is lost. America’s political power in the Middle East will this week be neutered on behalf of Israel. Quite a sacrifice in the name of liberty…”

    link to commondreams.org

    • CloakAndDagger
      September 20, 2011, 9:11 pm

      Frankly, a good thing. The less effective our voice becomes in the ME, the more the chance for the natives to carve their own future.

    • seafoid
      September 21, 2011, 3:19 am

      Fisk is so clued in.

      “not just a page turning, but the failure of empire. So locked into Israel has US foreign policy become, so fearful of Israel have almost all its Congressmen and Congresswomen become – to the extent of loving Israel more than America – that America will this week stand out not as the nation that produced Woodrow Wilson and his 14 principles of self-determination, not as the country which fought Nazism and Fascism and Japanese militarism, not as the beacon of freedom which, we are told, its Founding Fathers represented – but as a curmudgeonly, selfish, frightened state whose President, after promising a new affection for the Muslim world, is forced to support an occupying power against a people who only ask for statehood.”

      Of course he has seen it all. He was in Sabra and Shatila too. The great unwinding was just a matter of time.

  19. Taxi
    September 20, 2011, 9:14 pm

    Hey we now finally have the list of congressional APPEASERS of Apartheid israel – the ones who rushed off to tel aviv beaches this summer and came back with a zionist tan:
    link to legistorm.com

    Take a good look at who in your state is listed, email/write to them and warn them that you will not be voting for them while they’re associating with an Apartheid system, which in fact is against the laws of our land. Threaten them that if they have a relationship with that foreign agency aipac, you will not only NOT vote for them, but you will work your darnest AGAINST them.

    Open the floodgates people – ya YOU out there! Well who else is gonna do it huh?! eee? Hophnim? That Richard guy?!

    • Taxi
      September 20, 2011, 9:29 pm

      Okay here’s the same list but with more expounded info, as posted by blogger ‘agelbert’, commenting on the Robert Fisk article that Les posted above (link to commondreams.org):

      Congressmen who jaunted off to israel this last summer (bare in mind that they’re to-ing and fro-ing to tel aviv throughout the year):

      Alabama 2 of 7 .
      Jo Bonner
      Terri Sewell

      Arizona 4 of 8 representatives took trips to Israel .
      Trent Franks
      Ben Quayle
      David Schweikert
      Jeff Flake
      Gabrielle Giffords

      Arkansas 1 of 4
      Mike Ross

      California 21 of 53
      Dan Lungren
      Tom McClintock
      Lynn Woolsey
      Jerry McNerney
      Dennis Cardoza
      Jeff Denham
      Jim Costa
      Devin Nunes
      Kevin McCarthy
      Lois Capps
      Howard Berman
      Henry Waxman
      Xavier Becerra
      Judy Chu
      Janice Hahn
      Laura Richardson
      Linda Sánchez
      Gary Miller
      Loretta Sanchez
      Darrell Issa
      Susan A. Davis

      Colorado 4 of 7
      Diana DeGette
      Scott Tipton
      Doug Lamborn
      Mike Coffman
      Ed Perlmutter

      Connecticut 1 of the 5
      Jim Himes

      Florida 10 of 25
      Jeff Miller
      Steve Southerland
      Richard Nugent
      Gus Bilirakis
      Kathy Castor
      Vern Buchanan
      Tom Rooney
      Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
      Ted Deutch
      Allen West

      Georgia 10 of 13
      Jack Kingston
      Lynn Westmoreland
      Hank Johnson
      Tom Price
      Austin Scott
      Tom Graves
      Paul Broun
      Phil Gingrey
      John Barrow
      David Scott

      Hawaii 1 of 2
      Mazie Hirono

      Illinois 11 of 19
      Jesse Jackson Jr.
      Dan Lipinski
      Luis Gutiérrez
      Mike Quigley
      Peter Roskam
      Danny Davis
      Joe Walsh
      Jan Schakowsky
      Robert Dold
      Judy Biggert
      Tim Johnson
      John Shimkus

      Indiana 4 of 9
      Joe Donnelly
      Marlin Stutzman
      Mike Pence
      Larry Bucshon

      Iowa 1 of 5
      Steve King

      Kansas 1 of 4
      Kevin W. Yoder

      Kentucky 3 of 6
      John A. Yarmuth
      Geoff Davis
      Ben Chandler

      Louisiana 3 of 7
      Steve Scalise
      John C. Fleming
      Rodney Alexander

      Maine 1 of 2
      Mike Michaud

      Maryland 6 of 8
      Andy Harris
      Dutch Ruppersberger
      Donna Edwards
      Steny Hoyer
      Chris Van Hollen

      Massachusetts 1 of 10
      Mike Capuano

      Michigan 4 of 15
      Dan Benishek
      Dave Camp
      Mike Rogers
      Gary C. Peters

      Minnesota 3 of 8
      John Kline
      Keith Ellison This man is a Muslim. He has some explaining to do back at his mosque.
      Michele Bachmann Rep Cost of 3 trips $44,381

      Mississippi 2 of 4
      Gregg Harper
      Steven Palazzo

      Missouri 2 of 9
      Todd Akin
      Vicky Hartzler

      Nebraska 2 of 3
      Lee Terry
      Adrian Smith

      Nevada 1 of 3
      Shelley Berkley

      New Jersey 3 of 13
      Scott Garrett
      Frank Pallone
      Albio Sires

      New York 9 of 29
      Steve J. Israel
      Gregory Meeks
      Joe Crowley
      Jerry Nadler
      Mike Grimm
      Carolyn Maloney
      Eliot Lance Engel
      Nan Hayworth
      Bill Owens

      North Carolina 6 of 13
      Renee Ellmers
      David Price
      Virginia Foxx
      Larry Kissell
      Patrick McHenry
      Brad Miller

      Ohio 7 of 18
      Steve Chabot
      Jean Schmidt
      Mike Turner
      Jim Jordan
      Bob Latta
      Steve Austria
      Tim Ryan

      Oklahoma 2 of 5
      John Sullivan
      James Lankford

      Oregon 1 of 4
      Kurt Schrader

      Pennsylvania 10 of 19
      Jason Altmire
      G.T. Thompson
      Pat Meehan
      Bill Shuster
      Thomas Anthony Marino
      Mark Critz
      Allyson Schwartz
      Charlie Dent
      Tim Murphy
      Todd Platts

      Rhode Island 2 of 2
      David Cicilline
      Jim Langevin

      South Carolina 3 of 6
      Tim Scott
      Joe Wilson
      Jeff Duncan

      Tennessee 5 of 9
      Phil Roe
      Scott DesJarlais
      Diane Black
      Stephen Fincher
      Steve Cohen

      Texas 9 of 32
      Mike Conaway
      Kay Granger
      Rubén Hinojosa
      Sheila Jackson Lee
      Randy Neugebauer
      Pete Olson
      Kenny Marchant
      Gene Green
      John Carter

      Utah 2 of 3
      Rob Bishop
      Jason Chaffetz

      Vermont 0 of 1 representatives took trips to Israel.
      Peter Welch Dem Cost of trip $8,218 Paid for by New American Foundation. Eric Schmidt of Google is on the Board of Directors. They are not Zionists but I mentioned this so Vermonters can tell Welch to beware of Google-NSA.

      Virginia 6 of 11
      Rob Wittman
      Randy Forbes
      Robert Hurt
      Bob Goodlatte
      Eric Cantor Rep Cost of 7 trips $68,094!!!
      Jim Moran

      Washington 5 of 9
      Rick Larsen
      Doc Hastings
      Cathy McMorris Rodgers
      Jim McDermott
      Adam Smith

      West Virginia 3 of 3
      David Bennett McKinley
      Shelley Moore Capito
      Nick Rahall

      Wisconsin 4 of 8
      Paul Ryan
      Tammy Green Baldwin
      Ron Kind
      Gwen Moore Dem
      ——————————————–

      TAXI SAYS: Thanks agelbert! You did your country proud!

  20. upsidedownism
    September 21, 2011, 5:04 am

    Never forget that the word ‘appeasement’ was first used by Churchill and others not to refer to Hitler but to Gandhi. Only after the term had been used to deride the legitimate aspirations of Indian nationalists was it used to refer to the situation in Europe.

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